Flashes By Rick Griffin 2.11.19
Jim Laslavic thought about playing another season in the National Football League. It was 1983 and the Green Bay Packers were offering a hefty salary to the linebacker and Pittsburgh native who had already played 10 NFL seasons after a successful collegiate career at Penn State University. He played for the Detroit Lions (1973-77), San Diego Chargers (1978-81) and the Packers (1982). However, with the conclusion of the 1982 NFL season, Laslavic spent several months as a paid intern at Channel 10 and believed that his future was in broadcast sports journalism. “I walked away from a lot of money in professional football to work for a whole lot less at a TV station,” Laslavic said. In July 1983, he joined KFMB-TV to work under legendary news director Jim Holtzman. After six years at Channel 8, on July 5, 1989, he joined KNSD-TV as sports director. On Sunday, Feb. 24, Laslavic will retire from NBC 7 after 30 years. He will host his final “Sports Wrap” show following the late news. In 2016, he stepped away from weekday nightly newscasts to appear only on the Sunday night show in a semi-retirement role.


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Alternative Strategies, a San Diego marketing firm, has announced four new clients. They include: Breakfast Republic, opening new outlets in Irvine and Costa Mesa; The Taco Stand, offering an authentic taqueria concept and opening a new Mexican eatery in the City of Orange; Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, with 14 California locations; Grind and Prosper Hospitality, operators of Miss B’s Coconut Club in Mission Beach, Park 101 in Carlsbad, WhitHand American Brasserie + Beer in East Village and Louisiana Purchase to open this spring at 2305 University Ave., San Diego. Alternative Strategies, founded in 2000, serves clients in the restaurant and hospitality industries.


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The Salk Institute for Biological Studies has named Steven Johnson as senior director of communications. Johnson will manage the communications and multi-media relations teams and serve as communications liaison. Johnson recently completed 10 years of service as vice president of public affairs for the San Diego Convention Center Corp. In that role, he served as the convention center's primary spokesperson and provided strategic counsel and communications support to senior leadership. Prior to moving to San Diego from the Northwest, Johnson served as the director of public policy and communications for the Northwest AIDS Foundation.


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